A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series, which shows how potential models are scouted and developed for the fashion industry, will probably score big with tweens and teens who are interested in fashion and modeling. The overall show is mild, but it highlights some of the pressures models in the business face to look a certain way and be a certain size. Not surprisingly, there are lots of references made to models and fashion magazines.
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What's the story?
SCOUTED is a reality series that shows how a team of modeling experts pluck young women and men out of obscurity in hopes of molding them into successful high fashion models. Model scouts like Page Parkes and Kristin Kotik look across the country for young people who fit the physical profile to send to New York City to test for One Management Agency. Once there, scouting director Julia Samersova, fashion consultants like Dani Stahl, and creative director Michael Flutie work to develop their image. Sometimes stepping in to offer aspiring models some advice is fashion model/mentor Beri Smither. At the end of the whirlwind visit, a decision is made by the Agency's president, Scott Lipps, and the rest of the team about whether or not the model is going to be signed.
Is it any good?
The show sheds light on the almost-mythical stories that are told about models who are "discovered" and make it big in the fashion world. It shows that while some aspiring models are lucky enough to get noticed, being lucky is simply not enough to succeed in the business. It also highlights what it takes for young men or women to go from being someone with modeling potential to a professional model who can successfully navigate the high fashion industry.
While some of the journeys these young people take are quite successful, others reveal some of the pitfalls of the industry, like the incredible pressure the industry places on young people to be thin, and the emotional maturity the aspiring models have to have to handle the pressure of the business. The impact overbearing and/or unsupportive parents can have on their child's career is also underscored. But overall, it offers a glimpse into the high fashion modeling world, and the exciting and difficult steps it takes to get there.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the work that goes into becoming a model. Do you think that succeeding in the modeling business is as much luck as it is work? What are some of the real pressures models face when it comes to be successful in high fashion? Do you think this show gives us a real look into what really goes into it, or is it made more glamorous for entertainment purposes?
The modeling industry requires models to be tall and thin to fit into sample clothes and to photograph well. But what kinds of messages do media ads featuring models that are very thin and/or very stylized send about what is considered attractive and/or healthy? How can people balance their desire to look like or be a model with the need to be physically and emotionally healthy?